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The role of Jesus Christ in redemption is very crucial, but the Father planned all things for His Son to be successful here on the planet earth. Do not forget this!
In Jn.6 verses 37, 44 and 65, Jesus Christ said the Father owns every thing and He was keeping steps with Him concerning His plans and will for mankind. In v.35, Jesus said, “ I am the Bread of Life: he that comes to Me shall never hunger; and he that believes on Me shall never thirst.” But how will they come to Him? The Father draws them to Jesus Christ, His Son.
In v.37, He said, “All that the Father gives Me shall come to Me; and him that comes to Me, I will in no wise cast out. For I came from heaven, not to do Mine own will, but the will of Him that sent Me.” Jesus Christ was clearly saying that the Father had the prerogative and choice of who comes to Him and all that He sends His way will never be perish nor be cast out. Both the Father and His Son will see to it that they are safe and saved.
Just in case we think that Jesus Christ was here on His own, He said again: “No man can come to Me, except the Father that has sent Me draws him: and I will raise him up at the last day.” The drawing of the Father is the uttermost opportunity that this person is cover for life here and hereafter. Nothing can separate him from the love of Christ and the Father. (Rom.8:31-39) This person’s place in God is guaranteed with God in heaven.
Again Jesus Christ said, “What and if you shall see the Son of Man ascend up where He was before? It is the Spirit that quickens; the flesh profits nothing: but the Words that I speak unto you, they are spirit and life.” He interjected a phrase into the discussion: “But there are some of you that believe not.”
He repeated these words again, “Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto Me, except it were given unto him of My Father.” (v.65)
Jn.15:1-2 and 16 echoed the same words of Jesus Christ’s absolute dependency on His Father. The Father is the Vine Dresser and Christ is the True Vine. We are the Branches in Him and the Father has the remote control in bringing every thing together. He is the called of the Father and He has chosen and ordained us to bring forth much fruit. Our fruits must remain since we have Father and His Son backing us up.
In Jn.16:5, 7, 15, 23 and 27, Jesus Christ repeated again and again that it was all about the Father drawing and wooing people to Him and He cannot take the credit for those that have come to Him. I believe that ministers of God should pay attention to this very saying of Jesus Christ regarding His Father. We should borrow a leaf from their relationship and it will be well with us in the Kingdom of Christ and His Father.
These ones that the Father have given to Him are so despondent and sorrowful that they were sad. Jesus Christ began to cheer them up and He said, “But now I go to My Father, the One that sent Me and none of you ask Me regarding of where I am going?
It was for your sake that I go to the Father and it was necessary that I go away. Because if I go not away, the Comforter, the Holy Spirit will not come to you. But if I depart, I will send the Spirit of the Father to you. (v.7) All things that the Father has, are the Son’s and so He can say that the Spirit of God will take of what is Mine and show them unto His disciples.
In vv.23 and 27, it was obvious that the Father Loved His children because He had brought them to Christ in order that the Blood of the everlasting covenant may be applied unto their lives. This will make them in a permanent sense, the habitation of God and His Son, Jesus Christ. They and the Spirit of God within them will testify in one voice that indeed, the Father has sent the Son. The witness of the Spirit is the witness of those beloved of the Father because His Spirit is in and upon them.
In His High Priestly prayer for His saints: the Apostles, the OT saints and those of us today, who believed in Him through their words are blessed. (v.9, 20) Jesus reiterated the theme of drawing and wooing by His Father again in Jn.17: vv.2-3, 6-7, 9-11, 12 and 14-26.
Jesus Christ said of His Father in Jn.17 above this point: He, Christ, shall give eternal life to as many as the Father has given Him. (v.2b) The practical and working knowledge of the Father and Christ is Eternal Life and the Father gave Christ those who are coming to Him for salvation. (v.3b)
In v.6, He said of His Father, “I have manifested Your Name unto the men that You gave Me out of the world: Yours they were, and You gave them to Me and they have kept Your Word.” They knew that all He has received from His Father (including them) is of You. (v.7)
In v.15, I do not ask that You should take them out the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. In v.23, still talking about those that the Father has given unto Him, He said that He wanted them to be made perfect in one and that the world may know that You, Father, have sent Me and have loved them as You loved Me.
Human energy and flesh cannot build the Kingdom of God. It is written that there should not be sweat in the presence of God in works and ministry pertaining to His Kingdom. We must not sweat, employ the flesh, engage our strength in toiling for the Kingdom. We must cease from man and learn to allow Him to do His work through us by His Spirit. We have come into the place of rest in Him as He rested after the six days of creation on the seventh day. That is what God wants from us. We must stop sweating, laboring and trusting in the arm of flesh.
It is a place of seeing and then doing in Him. It is both a place of hearing and then speaking in Him, as Christ did before His Father in Jn.5:19, 30. If we do the works of winning souls in God’s way and power, we will be One Christ as He is One with the Father.
But if we want to impress man, we will do it in our own way and those who desire to honor God will listen to His Spirit. This will be well pleasing to the Father as well as the Son, Jesus Christ. Salvation is not what we do, but what has been done on our behalf and for us. (Jn.3:16) Your part in this equation is to trust, believe and obey. It does not matter whether we have thousands or dozens of souls, God’s way and not man’s is the best way.
So let us undress ourselves of the flesh and take on the full armor and weapons of God. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, powers, rulers of the darkness of this world and spiritual wickedness in high places. No human weapons can stand the forces of evil and the power of darkness. (Eph.6:10-18)
Pride is a twin brother to independence spirit and both shall fall on their faces before God. It is not what you can do, but what God can do in and through you. Let us trust Him for the answers, as we ask Him the questions. Amen!
What do these bringing and wooing of the Father mean to the saints of God? Should they not read their Bibles? Should they stop praying since the Father knows who will be saved or not? Should we continue in praying and fasting and stop the night vigils on the planet earth? Should we cease to engage in evangelism as Jesus Christ has commanded us?
All the answers to these questions are in the affirmative. We should continue to do the things that God has placed in our hearts. We must continue to do all that He has given to us in His Kingdom. He will supply the strength and ability to forge forward. We cannot stop praying and seeking the face of God on behalf of the world and those who do not know His Son, Jesus Christ. All evil must be conquered in our world.
What the Father has given the saints to do is part of the answers and more clarity will be upon those who are seeking His Face. We should do our part and God alone can do His part in bringing souls to Christ by wooing them to embrace His Son and be a part of His Kingdom.
All of the saints are involved in this battle of winning the lost to Christ. Angels, the saints, God and Christ are all in it together. It is expedient to keep up the good work and not give up, even though we don’t see results right now.
So then, it is a mystery that the Father first drew us right from the day of our birth into this world before we knew Jesus Christ. As we grow and come to maturity, we turn our back to His Spirit and angels assigned to us and their jobs get difficult. We have chosen another “god” for ourselves and our lives are no longer committed to Him.
We are brought and given to Christ by God, His Father through His Spirit, including those who betrayed Him and all of those who hated Him and His Son, Jesus Christ.